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Port San Antonio Robotics Company XYREC Wins Innovation Award
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Port San Antonio Robotics Company XYREC Wins Innovation Award

XYREC has won a prestigious award for its ground-breaking laser coating removal robot, a 72-foot-tall robotics system that uses a 20-kilowatt laser to remove paint from aircraft and other large pieces of equipment. The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) announced the 13 winners of its 2021 Innovation Award earlier in May. ACT-IAC is a non-profit public-private partnership dedicated to improving government through the application of information technology, providing a forum for government and industry to collaborate on critical technology issues in the public sector. A panel of judges selected the 13 award winners from 169 nominations. The 13 companies include global industry leaders such as MITRE and Oracle and highlight technological advances in...
Port San Antonio Innovation Center on Track to Open by Early 2022
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Port San Antonio Innovation Center on Track to Open by Early 2022

On an overcast Monday morning, Sundt Construction crew members installed large 40-foot concrete walls into place for the Port San Antonio innovation center. Port San Antonio CEO Jim Perschbach confirmed the new facility would open by February or March of 2022.   Port San Antonio board members committed $60 million in August 2020 to build a state-of-the-art facility that will connect people with employment, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities. The 130,000 square-foot innovation center will be a multi-purpose building with a 2,500-seat state-of-the-art technology arena capable of flexible configurations for hosting esports (competitive multiplayer video gaming) competitions, concerts, product launches, large training programs, and conferences. The expanded home for the San Anton...
XYREC Launches Plane Paint-Stripping Robot Operations at Port San Antonio
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XYREC Launches Plane Paint-Stripping Robot Operations at Port San Antonio

At a custom-built 7,000-square-foot facility on Port San Antonio's campus, a Netherlands-based company has been assessing its airplane paint-stripping robot. After extensive testing and validation from the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), XYREC, a global innovator in applied robotic technology solutions, is ready to launch its first robotic plane paint-stripping operation in North American. XYREC has produced the world's largest industrial robot, measuring at over 72 feet when fully extended. It comes equipped with a high-powered laser that rapidly strips paint from any size aircraft without damaging the airframe. The automated de-coating of the plane is precise down to the micron level and can stop before removing a specified layer of paint or coating. The robotic system is mounted o...
Technica Corp. Opens Cyber Facility at Port San Antonio
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Technica Corp. Opens Cyber Facility at Port San Antonio

San Antonio's considerable cyber hub of specialized expertise has grown with the addition of a state-of-the-art cybersecurity facility from Technica Corporation. The Virginia-based company opened a 12,000-square-foot multi-functional cyber facility at Port San Antonio in June to support work on a $74 million Department of Defense contract Technica won in 2019. Technica provides advanced cybersecurity engineering, cyber training, quality assurance and testing, and round-the-clock operational support for the U.S. Air Force’s Cyberspace Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter (CVA/H) weapon system.  CVA/H identifies vulnerabilities and performs risk assessments on mission-critical networks essential for national security. The customized cyber facilities at 913 Billy Mitchell Blvd. include a systems ...
Port San Antonio Board Approves Funding for $60M Innovation Center
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Port San Antonio Board Approves Funding for $60M Innovation Center

Port San Antonio board members approved committing $60 million to build an innovation center after a meeting on Thursday, according to Port officials. The construction of a state-of-the-art innovation center will help advance the organization's Tech Port strategy to connect people with employment, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities. The Port will fund the project construction costs via a commercial loan, to be repaid from anticipated multiple revenue streams from the center's entertainment events, conferences, and industry partnerships. In keeping with the Port's economic development mandate, the board also decided to allocate 100% of the innovation center's excess revenue (after expenses) to support technology-focused K-12, college-level, and professional development progr...
Plus One Robotics and the Future of Work: Port San Antonio’s Tech Innovation Series
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Plus One Robotics and the Future of Work: Port San Antonio’s Tech Innovation Series

"How would the world change if you could see a thousand miles away and your arm was that long?" Plus One Robotics CEO and co-founder Erik Nieves wasn't asking about imaginary superpowers. Delivering these capabilities to logistics clients is the core business of his Port San Antonio-based company. Plus One's technology is creating new types of jobs that make work in industrial environments, including e-commerce sorting facilities and manufacturing plans, safer and more efficient. These new career paths call upon the quick reflexes, problem-solving, and even video gaming skills from a new generation of employees. Available for job seekers are these new careers as automation network supervisors, who leverage the visual and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities robots have to help t...
SAMSAT CEO Growing Early-Stage Science and Tech Museum into World-Class STEM Institution
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SAMSAT CEO Growing Early-Stage Science and Tech Museum into World-Class STEM Institution

There hasn't been a quiet day since Douglas King started in mid-March as the new president and CEO of the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT). At about the same time as the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions went into place, King was learning about the world-class collection of historical science and technology artifacts housed at Port San Antonio in the former Kelly Air Force Base chapel. The early-stage technology and science museum has been the centerpiece of the Port's planned innovation hub since SAMSAT founder, innovator, and entrepreneur David Monroe moved his collection to the Port in 2017. Conceived as a hub for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) innovators and entrepreneurs to work alongside industry partners, the Port's innovation center, once com...
Port San Antonio’s New Innovation Webinar Series Spotlights Knight Aerospace COVID-19 Air Transport Modules
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Port San Antonio’s New Innovation Webinar Series Spotlights Knight Aerospace COVID-19 Air Transport Modules

Port San Antonio's first program highlighting local innovators featured new technology that makes air transport and in-flight care for COVID-19 patients safer, faster, and more scalable than ever before. Joining the discussion were Knight Aerospace president and CEO Bianca Rhodes; Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Paul K. Carlton (Ret.), former U.S. Air Force Surgeon General and Knight Aerospace's medical adviser; San Antonio Economic Development Foundation president and CEO Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, and Port San Antonio president and CEO Jim Perschbach. Iris Gonzalez, publisher of StartupsSanAntonio.com, moderated the recorded panel discussion. Retired Lt. Gen. Dr. Paul K. Carlton, who served as the U.S. Air Force's Surgeon General from 1999 to 2002, has advised Knight Aerospace engineers over many y...
Port San Antonio Board Approves ASM Global as Operator for New Innovation Center
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Port San Antonio Board Approves ASM Global as Operator for New Innovation Center

Port San Antonio announced venue management company ASM Global as the operator for the Port's planned innovation center after board members approved plans in a meeting on Wednesday, according to Port officials. ASM Global is a venue management and services company with a global portfolio of more than 300 of the world's most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibit centers, such as the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. ASM will be responsible for the management and booking of the Port's innovation center, as well as for the food and beverages in the center's food hall. Port San Antonio will retain full ownership, paying ASM a monthly fee. The Port's re-development agreement with American Triple I Partners, an infrastructure private equity firm focused on transportatio...
Port San Antonio Board Approves Phase 1 Plans for New Innovation Center
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Port San Antonio Board Approves Phase 1 Plans for New Innovation Center

Port San Antonio announced it would begin development of its proposed innovation center after board members approved plans in a meeting on Wednesday, according to Port officials. The board resolution authorizes the Port to spend up to $1 million on architectural and engineering design development costs for Phase 1 of the new facility. Completion of the design package for the project, complete with conceptual renderings, is expected in spring 2020. The approved center will include a technology arena, museum, collaborative technology transfer lab, an industry showroom, and community spaces and amenities. The new center is designed to accelerate innovation development already in progress at the Port and across San Antonio, Port president and CEO Jim Perschbach said during the annual Por...